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Joe Bonamassa is a guitar player’s guitar player. Yet, for every guitarist who sits down to figure how Bonamassa gets his tone, there’s a non-musician listener who just likes the music. Bonamassa balances the needs of both by making sure the songs are there. For his first studio album in two years, he cowrote the songs with veteran Nashville songwriters and went into a Las Vegas studio with longtime producer Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith) and a solid band. “Love Ain’t a Love Song” and “Never Give All Your Heart” nail R&B and blues-rock, respectively, with an ear toward tight hooks. 

Customer Reviews

Different Shades of Blah

It hurts to type this review after anticipating this albumn for so long. I've followed Joe since he was playing in small clubs, I own every albumn and have traveled to multiple states to see him, so by no means am I late comer to the Bonamassa band wagon.
But at the end of the day this albumn has one maybe two songs that will stay with me and burn into my heart. Where is the haunted sound of Dust Bowl, the loneliness of Sloe Gin, the beat and cresendo of Slow Train, Ballad of John Henry and tens of other JB songs? I always thank Joe for stretching his wings, trying new things and gaining new well deserved fans. However, sadly, here is a Bonamssa albumn that will collect dust well before it's time.

Flashback to 2001

Joe is simply amazing. I first saw him back in 2001, when he opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Beacon in NYC. I was by myself at the concert. You know how everyone ignores the opening act you never heard of before? I was outside at the theatre’s bar drinking a beer as was everyone else, when I first heard Joe playing. I was shocked, I immediately went back to my seat and had goose bumps listening to him, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When the concert was over, Joe had a small table out in the lobby selling CD’s. I think it was his folks that were selling them. I bought one on the way out and have been enjoying Joe's music ever since.

Distracting production

I love Joe, but the horns and production take away from his strengths. I agree with other comments. Get back to being great at what you do.


Born: May 8, 1977 in Utica, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa, a young player with the childhood dream of playing music similar to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, was 22 when he inked a deal with Epic. Hailing from Utica, New York, Bonamassa could play the blues before he could drive a car. He first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan at age four and was instantly taken by Vaughan's high-powered playing. At age eight, he opened for B.B. King, and at age 12, he was playing regularly around upstate New York....
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